Titanium ring conceals saw and handcuff opener

Over at the Boing Boing G+ Community, JollyOrc posted this useful tool: a ring that conceals a saw and a handcuff shim

A useful tool for covert and undercover operators, those that travel abroad in unstable countries, or anyone at risk of being held unlawfully.

The Titanium Escape Ring adds another tool to the operator's E&E options for escaping captivity. It's a simple but elegant-looking ring made of titanium, cut from solid barstock and polished to a mirror finish. But unlike all other rings, this one contains a saw and handcuff shim pick combination tool which is completely hidden from view when worn.

Located on a finger, its always in the exact area needed to quickly access and deploy, even when handcuffed. The shim can be used to open single-locked handcuffs, while the saw can cut zip-ties, disposable handcuffs, duct tape, rope, and other non-metallic materials.

Titanium Escape Ring $80


  1. Great!  Another thing I have a 99.999999% probability of never ever needing… but that I want to the core of my being.

      1.  I promise you, if you’re going to slip out of cuffs, you DO NOT want to get caught doing it. Personal experience…

  2. The lockpick seems awesome but that saw…I wouldn’t really feel comfortable with that against my finger, I’d just keep imagining, well, my finger getting sawn!

  3. Not to be a concern troll, but there are not many situations in unstable countries (presumably with unstable cops) where trying to saw through your handcuffs would be likely to improve matters. All I’m saying is that I hope the rest of your escape plan is really good.

    1. I doubt the saw is even intended to cut through the cuffs. Its got a handcuff shim in it though (or does the saw act as a shim?). Those work by slipping between the shackle and housing to release the latch and open the cuff. That said almost all hand cuffs worth a shit are guarded against shims (and also hardened to prevent easy sawing). If you’ve ever seen a decent pair of cuffs like law enforcement up close you’ll notice the key has a small extended pin on the back. This goes into a small hole on the body of the cuff to engage an equally small button. It locks to shackle in place for 2 reasons: 1 keep it from moving/tightening any further to prevent injury. 2 preventing the shackle from being opened with a shim. Apparently works pretty good, and and its a common feature approach. But there are more rigorous ways to prevent shim use though.

      So basically these things are for party tricks/escapology.

          1. Probably not. The saw is most likely too short to do enough cutting before becoming dull. It would do well to injure a possible NPC cell mate forcing the guards to have to enter the cell allowing your possible escape.

      1. I hardly think its serious in any way, but it could be legitimately useful as far as performance escapes go. Depending on how practical it is for real use. 

  4. A wedding ring for men with tactical pens, and everyday carry kits, and bug out bags, and knife collections, and assault rifles, and concealed carry permits, and matte black hatchets, and shovels with titanium spikes & blades on the end for zombie killing on the way to their cubicles.

    1. Saki had a wonderful short story on this phenomenon:
      The Mappined Life.

      “That is where our superior powers of self-deception come in,” said the niece; “we are able to live our unreal, stupid little lives on our particular Mappin terrace, and persuade ourselves that we really are untrammelled men and women leading a reasonable existence in a reasonable sphere.”

    2.  I used to have one of those Utili-keys (looks like a key, opens up to reveal a blade and screwdrivers etc.) and I found myself using it every few days.
      A Phillips screwdriver and a small knife come in handy all the time.

  5. Thanks for telling everyone about this. Now, the next time I’m on a covert op and I get caught, the first thing they’ll do is take my escape ring!

  6. i think a mini manicure set would be more useful, considering the state of the thumb and nail in that photo…

  7. Well, as James Bond fantasies go, this isn’t completely unreasonably priced or entirely poorly thought-out. (At least it’s well enough designed to look plausible, if one ignores the difficulty of manipulating a blade under those conditions and the fact that many cuffs these days have a mechanism that can be engaged to prevent shimming.)

    1. Apparently real spies don’t get cool gizmos like this anymore, mostly because getting caught with them makes it a lot harder to deny that you are a spy.

  8. ” the first thing they’ll do is take my escape ring!”

    Contrary to television and novels, the first thing *any* smart guard should be doing is removing *everything* you are carrying or wearing all the way down to hairclips, nose rings, tampons and any other hardware strewn about your body.  Clothes too, all of them, down to underwear and issuing you only the most basic items needed for “decency” and those should be flimsy, on the order of a paper hospital gown so they can’t be easily used as a garrotte or climbing rope and unsuitable for normal wear so you’ll stand out  a mile away if you do escape as no normal person would be caught dead in that get up.

    Be thorough or or don’t bother.

    Quick and dirty?  Make them take off one shoe or boot.  Try running in *that* combination.

  9. Unlawful arrest sucks and all, but getting shot for trying to escape probably sucks more…

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